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BART board committee on Friday to discuss redistricting – the political jigsaw puzzle

By dcuff
Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 10:53 am in BART, redistricting.

A BART board committee meets 9 a.m. Friday to discuss the politically sensitive task of redistricting – the drawing of the district’s nine political boundaries for board elections. The public meeting is at the BART board meeting room on the third floor of the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, 344 20th St., Oakland.

BART’s redistricting is complicated by the task of determining what are “communities of interest” to consider in a far-flung and diverse transit district with 44 stations in three counties. Perhaps most challenging will be how to draw the lines for Director Lynette Sweet’s District 7, which includes parts of San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Sweet lives in San Francisco. 

BART’s effort to begin the redistricting process was delayed by a protest filed by an out-of-state contractor that failed to win the contract to provide technical analysis and advice about drawing the political maps. In the end, the BART Board said it stuck with its decision to hire Sandra Polka because of her extensive knowledge of Bay Area demographics.


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